Walking in the Light

I feel as though there could never be enough times in my life when I turn the corner from Catharine Street into Huskisson Street. For decades now this corner of these two streets has been one of my favourite places. A place that lifts my mood even when I’m happy and has performed reliable miracles […]

L8 Weekend: The Beginning of Spring

Springtime isn’t necessarily a journey to the countryside, it might be just around the corner from wherever you are. The first weekend of February, here in Northern Britain, isn’t when you’d leap to the thought that springtime has begun. But in it’s own many thousands of small ways it has. And over a weekend of […]

“Are You Somebody?”

I’m all grown up now. Walking abroad this January Saturday “in a shower of all my days”. As all grown up as I will probably ever be, which is enough for me. Happy walking about here in my own skin, on this day before a birthday. It certainly isn’t “my thirtieth year to heaven” as […]

Living, Thinking, Looking: A day to myself

In Granby Street by now The gazebos will be rising Like smiles to meet the day I’m up and out early looking forward to a day to myself, a day with no appointments of any kind to do exactly and only what I feel like. Mostly walking and reading then, but also calling in on […]

Walking Down to George Henry Lee: Independents Biennial 2018

I’m sat here on the big curving staircase in George Henry Lee writing this. On the second floor, near Glassware and looking down towards Cards and Wrapping Paper on the ground floor. Well those last bits are only in my mind, but I’m really sat on the staircase in George Henry Lee writing. One of […]

It’s Warm In and Out

A day comes, even in these climate mess years of the long cold springs, when all is still and blue and you need to be out in it. Walking along, well me anyway, singing the long loved Lotus Eaters ode to springtime as I leave the house: ‘It’s warm in and out The call for […]